LeSean McCoy is looking to shake off his recent struggles against the league's sixth ranked rushing defense. McCoy has rushed for more than 73 yards just once in the last five weeks and that game came against the win-less Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He hasn't been able to turn the corner like he was early in the season and we haven't seen him hit the second level of the defense in weeks.
Part of this blame can be placed on the offensive line as there does not appear to be any holes at all for McCoy to break-through. But, in the same breath, McCoy has proved in the past that he just needs the ball to make an impact on the game - we just haven't seen that runner in a few weeks.
The Eagles offense has sputtered in recent weeks and it is no coincidence that McCoy's play hasn't been all that stellar. Yet, after all of this, he is still the NFL's leading rusher thanks to huge games against the Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
DeSean Jackson is looking for a big game against the Raiders secondary. He hasn't recorded more than 64 receiving yards since his 132-yard game against the New York Giants on October 6th and is coming off an eight-reception, 63-yard output against the Giants last week. He is still fifth in the NFL with 673 receiving yards.
Pryor has burst onto the scene this year completing 99 of his 157 attempts (63.1%) for 1,149 yards, five touchdowns, and seven interceptions. What makes the former Ohio State quarterback dangerous is his legs. Last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pryor broke free on the first play from scrimmage on a 93-yard touchdown run to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead. It was the longest run ever by a quarterback. He leads the Raiders with 391 rushing yards. Chip Kelly compared preparing for Pryor to preparing for Cam Newton given their size and their ability to run.
McFadden, 26, has struggled to stay healthy over the course of his career and has already missed time this season yet he is still dangerous as the Steelers found out last week. McFadden rushed 24 times for 73 yards and two touchdowns in the Raiders 21-18 victory. Yet, despite his success, he only accumulated 73 yards on the ground - his second highest output of the season. The 2008 fourth overall pick has rushed for more than 100 yards just once in a 129-yard effort in Week 2 against the Jaguars.
The Eagles boast the leagues eighth ranked defense against the run but is just 31st against the pass. The Raiders could look to exploit the speed of wide receivers Rod Streater and Denarius Moore.
The one thing the Raiders have done well is come out and make a statement in the first half. They have outscored opponents 59-20 in the first half but after halftime it is a different story. The Raiders have scored just 10 points in the second half in their first seven games of the season while allowing 63 points in the second half.
Ryans, 29, will likely be one of the Eagles, along with Mychal Kendricks, responsible for containing Pryor. Ryans has played surprisingly well in the 3-4 despite supposedly not being able to play in the defense. two weeks ago, Ryans had arguable his best game of the year against the Cowboys with eight tackles, a sack, a pass defended, and an interception.
Pryor, 23, has burst onto the scene this year completing 99 of his 157 attempts (63.1%) for 1,149 yards, five touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pryor broke free on the first play from scrimmage on a 93-yard touchdown run to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead. It was the longest run ever by a quarterback. He leads the Raiders with 391 rushing yards.
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